Chicago on the Small Screen – Shows of Today

by Michael Keating

Chicago on the Small Screen – Shows of Today

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Oprah left and so did Jerry Springer, but Chicago has replaced talk shows with exciting dramas; several television programs have been and continue to be shot in our amazing city. Besides the tremendous win by the Cubs, there’s quite a bit to celebrate in the nation’s third largest city. Dick Wolf has created an enormous spotlight on Chicago, with the recent milestone of 100 episodes of Chicago Fire.

Four NBC franchise shows are now based in and filmed here: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, with scenes shot at Cinespace Studio and Rush University Medical Center and now Chicago Justice. Set to air in early 2017, the latest installment of series featuring Chicago’s servicemen and women will focus on those that interpret and apply the law. Advertisements on their website announce, “Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice.”

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Empire is mid-season right now. Well over one hundred actors from Chicago play significant roles in the show. Some hail from institutions such as Second City and others have been performers on the Steppenwolf Theatre’s stage. The show features not only talent from the city, but also popular locations within the city, filming scenes on location here, in Cinespace Studios, which is in the North Lawndale neighborhood, as well as Los Angeles.

According to an article last year by dnainfo, Empire “is predominantly shot at Cinespace, 2621 W. 15th Place in North Lawndale. The show runners have dressed up Chicago locations as New York hot spots, including such local favorites as Sunda, Empty Bottle, RPM Steak, Tortoise Club and Blue Line Lounge and Grill. They’ve also made stops at Cook County Jail, St. Ignatius Chapel, the Hilton Downtown and the Bronzeville neighborhood.”

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Another series scheduled to premier on FOX in early February is APB, which promises to be a “new police drama with a high-tech twist”. Filmed and set in Chicago, the protagonists aim to create a technology informed crime-fighting team in the 13th district. Early reviews are predicting an exciting first season and comparisons to Robocop are circulating. Check out the trailer here

Reviews on The Exorcist starring Geena Davis are fairly strong. Part of the horror franchise of the same name from the early 1970s, the show delivers thrills on a level that American Horror Story aspires to and generates suspense unlike any other network program on at the moment. Quality special effects contribute to the tension of the narrative as well. In an interview with E!News Online, the star of the beloved League of Their Own remarks, “It’s in a world where the events of the movie took place, but now it’s forty-something years later and something’s happening again. I just love scary stuff.” Don’t we all?! Probably as much as we adore her.

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Chicagoans may also delight in seeing their city on Amazon’s Patriot. Observer.com calls it “a gleefully deranged, dark comedy thriller.” The show is a solid 4 out of 5 stars based on the nearly four thousand reviews on Amazon’s website, and viewers are eager for the next season’s release. A political thriller with Terry O’Quinn (Locke from Lost) is sure to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Other shows shot in Chicago include Shameless on Showtime with William H. Macy, Sense8, and Ozark, which stars Jason Bateman . The latter two can be caught streaming on Netflix.

The best source on when and where to catch the crews and casts of the above television shows is a twitter feed: Filming in Chicago @filming_chicago, which is a side hobby of one of our fine residents. Part of the reason television producers are filming here, as if the architecture and talent aren’t enough, are the financial incentives.

In December of 2008 the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act, which offers producers a credit of 30% of all qualified expenditures, including post-production.  The Illinois Film Tax Credit will not sunset until May 2021, and is renewable in 5-year increments, thereafter.  The goal of the Tax Credit Act is to attract local vendors, union leaders and filmmakers to the Illinois film industry in order to promote growth and job opportunities.

In addition, the tax credit aims to stimulate diversity in production hiring. For questions about the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit please contact Cesar.Lopez@Illinois.Gov. Additionally, information on shooting in Chicago such as scouting out locations, permits, and procedures can be found here and the Chicago Film Office.

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Interested in the industry? Whether you’d like to be in front of the camera or as part of the crew, check this or this out.

A few years ago, Derek Haas, creator and co-producer of the Chicago franchise did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit. When asked about using consultants to emulate realism and actual standard operating procedures, Haas replied that both the CFD Deputy District Chief Steve Chikerotis and Michele Martinez, a CFD paramedic, contributed to the beginnings of stories as well as technical language and practices. Haas says that Chikerotis, now retired, “has decades of smoke-eating under his belt and is truly one of the greatest guys you’ll ever meet.”

Another redditor appreciates the use of real sirens, which contributes to the authenticity of the program. To which Haas replies, “We drive our sound department crazy. We shoot everything on location in Chicago and there is always ambient noise messing with audio. Our guys are great though… and kudos to them for capturing the feel of Chicago and the CFD.” Amidst that ambient noise are our cheers for having a city that we can share through the small screen in a big way.

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Chicago Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

by Christine Hadley

Chicago Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of work, especially if it’s just for a couple people. Sometimes preparing a big feast can be stressful and it can take away from the time families should be spending together. If you’re looking to have a relaxing/stress-free holiday, there are plenty of restaurants offering their own twist on Thanksgiving. Skip the mess this year and enjoy your company!

Here are a few places that will be open on Thanksgiving:

Wilde Bar & Restaurant

3130 N Broadway

Lady Gregory’s

5260 N Clark

These restaurants are offering a 4-course prix fixe menu for $42. This includes butternut squash bisque, holiday salad, featured entrees with sides (turkey, salmon, New York strip steak), and dessert (pumpkin pie, toffee pudding).

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Drew’s on Halsted

3201 N Halsted

$49 for a four course meal at this Lakeview restaurant. Appetizers include lobster bisque, beef skewer, duck confit risotto, butternut squash ravioli. For salads, there’s mixed gathered greens and arugula roasted beet goat cheese salad. Main courses include turkey, fish du jour, farfalle pasta, New York strip steak, pork chops and a vegan vegetable plate. Last but not least, dessert options include apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, white chocolate dried cherry bread pudding and chocolate molten lava cake.

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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

3700 N Halsted

Available November 23rd to 25th

The Club is giving a 50 percent discount off martinis and cocktails, and 33 percent discount off the dinner tab with a canned good donation. These donations support Heartland Health Outreach. The Thanksgiving meal includes a martini, salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart. This meal is $50 without a donation and $25 with canned good donations.

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The Signature Room

875 N Michigan

If you’re looking to celebrate in elegance, with stunning city views, this is the place for you. This unique experience is $80 for adults and $35 for children. At this price you’ll get sparkling wine and a buffet of seafood, soups and salads. The entrees include turkey, scallops and lamb chops with classic sides. The best part of all, you’ll finish the night with a dessert buffet.

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Hard Rock Café

63 W Ontario

$27 for adults, $12.95 for kids – Dinner includes turkey, garlic smashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry jam, cinnamon pumpkin pie. Come by after the parade to see Santa and Mrs. Claus!

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Bub City

435 N Clark

For $17 per person, you’ll enjoy hickory-smoked turkey breast, homemade cornbread and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberries. Bub City is also offering a Thanksgiving carryout menu for your convenience.

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Parson’s Chicken and Fish

2952 W Armitage

Thanksgiving for 2 – to go!

Pre-order this dinner for two for $50. This carry-out option allows you to lounge at home in your comfy clothes. This meals includes 1 whole fried amish chicken, 2 pieces green chile cornbread, 1pt tomato and bacon braised green beans, 1pt Thanksgiving elotes, 1 qt mashed potatoes with gravy. If that isn’t enough, you can pay a little more for some optional extras.

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Furious Spoon

Wicker Park location – 1571 N Milwaukee

Furious Spoon will be helping those in need on Thanksgiving by giving away free bowls of ramen! (11 A.M. to 4 P.M or until they run out)

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If you like any of these options, call and make your reservation today! Also, if you plan on being downtown, don’t forget about the Thanksgiving Parade!

And have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! Hope everyone has a stress-free holiday!

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T minus 3 days until turkey time!

Apartment of the Week: University Village

$1,800 for this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in University Village is available now! This modern new construction has it all! This unit has stunning features, especially in the kitchen. There’s a beautiful island kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a microwave and dishwasher. Other details that you’ll notice are the in unit laundry, central air, carpeting in the bedrooms, extra storage, fitness area and Intercom system. Additionally, heat, WiFi and garage parking are included in rent!! This building is close to the medical district and the Pilsen area. Some nearby places around University Village include Efebina’s Coffee Shop, Dusek’s Board & Beer and La Vaca Margarita Bar. Book your showing today!

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  • ID: 49987
  • Available: Now
  • Neighborhood: University Village Chicago, IL
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: New Construct
  • Bathrooms: 1.0
  • Floors: Cpt/Hwd
  • Pets: Dogs/Cats OK
  • Heat: GFA (included)
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Covered
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet Ready
  • Workout Facility

Contact Apartment People at 773.248.8800 for more information. Our office is located at 3121 North Broadway and we are available Monday-Sunday. You can view more listings at apartmentpeople.com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Haunted Houses around the Chicago Area

by Christine Hadley

Haunted Houses around the Chicago Area

 

Happy Halloween everyone!! With the distraction of the World Series, I think a lot of us have forgotten that it was even Halloween. Today we get a break from baseball, so get into the holiday spirit! For those who love getting scared, prepare yourself for some of the scariest places near the city.

Here’s a short list of Haunted Houses (Note: Some of these places go until November 5th):

 

Statesville Haunted Prison:

Find your way through 23 maximum security cells and then through caves/mines with the graves of past inmates.

Address: 17250 S. Weber Rd, Crest Hill

Last Day: October 31, 2016

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Disturbia Screams in the Park

This year it includes an underground sewer, swamp filled with creatures and a new exit.

Address: 5501 Park Place, Rosemont

Last Day: November 5, 2016

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13th Floor Haunted House

You get to see for yourself if the legends of the 13th floor are true. Your ticket gets you into the Bloodlines: Legacy of Darkness and Dead End District: Fallout.

Address:  1940 George St, Melrose Park

Last Day: November 5, 2016

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House of Torment

Attraction 1: The Frenzy – The city is on lock-down as a gang of evil spirits has taken over the streets.

Attraction 2: Nightmare High – The high school has been overrun by a zombie cheerleader and undead teenagers.

Address: 8240 N Austin Ave, Morton Grove

Last Day: November 5, 2016

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Midnight Terror Haunted House

The venue has decided to extend its season by hosting a two-day-only Clown Takeover on November 4th & 5th. This event will have over 100 clown characters, with unique personalities & costumes.

Address: 5520 W 111th St, Oak Lawn

Last Day: November 5, 2016

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For those who can’t handle the terrifying torment, watching a Halloween movie at home sounds like a better idea. Everyone have a safe and happy holiday!!

Apartment of the Week: Lincoln Park

$2,950 for this 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom walk-up in Lincoln Park is available now! This unique contemporary space has it all! The first level features hardwood floors in the living/dining space. The second level consists of the bedrooms that feature carpeting. Within the kitchen is a dishwasher, microwave and a kitchen island. The master bedroom can easily fit a king bed and additional furniture! The master bath has a Jack and Jill vanity. Some extra details to spotlight are the in unit laundry, central air, Intercom, deck, walk-in closet and an uncovered parking spot is available for an additional fee. The best part of all is the roof deck on the third floor!! The roof deck is large enough for entertaining and has a breathtaking skyline view!! This unit is located along the Clybourn Corridor of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, with plenty of options for shopping & restaurants! Some nearby places include Burger Bar Chicago, Joe’s Bar, Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food and too many shops to mention. Another exciting part is how close this unit is to public transportation! It’s right by the North/Clybourn Red Line Station!! Call us today for your showing!

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  • ID: 30429
  • Available: Now
  • Neighborhood: Clybourn Corr Chicago, IL
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: Gut Rehab
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Floors: Cpt/Hwd
  • Pets: No pets
  • Heat: GFA
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Uncovered
  • Dishwasher
  • Blinds
  • Internet Ready
  • Porch
  • Roof Deck

Contact Apartment People at 773.248.8800 for more information. Our office is located at 3121 North Broadway and we are available Monday-Sunday. You can view more listings at apartmentpeople.com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Chicago Pumpkin Carving Parties

by Michael Keating

Chicago Pumpkin Carving Parties

 

Chicago Pumpkin Carving Parties

A total Halloween celebration calls for not only an outstanding costume, bushels of candy, and a haunting tale or two, but also a smiling and/or terrifying carved pumpkin. Whether cut with horror in mind or with notions on demonstrating brilliant artistry, some aspects are undeniable and universal: choice pumpkins can be hard to find and the process can be a slime fest. This year, we want to highlight a few spots around the city hosting carving events, all of which provide necessary supplies. Work out any feelings about the upcoming election or celebrate the Cubs! Anything is possible on the surface of a pumpkin.

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The 6th Annual Great Punk’n Party includes punk music, pumpkin themed food specials, and even pumpkin beer poured through pumpkins. For $20, Fountainhead at 1970 W Montrose will provide a pumpkin and carving kit. Winners of the best  jack-o’-lanterns are selected by their Pumpkin Carving Peers. Reserve early! Party commences at 7PM on Tuesday, October 25.

 Chicago Pumpkin Carving Parties

Every year Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden brings “in a huge truckload of pumpkins”; they provide carving tools and ask that you show up with your imagination. Event takes place at 6PM on Thursday, October 27. They’ll even display creations throughout Halloween for everyone to enjoy. They’re expecting quite a turnout so be sure to arrive early and try their selection of seasonal craft beers and cocktails.

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Gaslight Bar & Grille at 2450 N Clark is hosting a free pumpkin pumpkin carving night on Thursday, October 27 at 7PM. Specials include half price salads and wraps and discounted wine. RSVP here.

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A prize of $100 for the best jack-o’-lantern! Schoolyard Tavern is hosting a pumpkin carving night at 8PM on Thursday, October 27. Pumpkins and carving supplies are complimentary and pumpkin beer specials will be in full swing.

 Chicago Pumpkin Carving Parties

And what to do with all those gouged out gourds? Gene’s Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square hosts their 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sunday, October 30 starting at 12PM. Carved pumpkins may be dropped off as early as Wednesday, October 26 and they will be displayed in Gene’s windows until the event. The celebration will also mark the closing of their rooftop for the season. Halloween costumes are encouraged, not required.

According to History.com, it is believed that the custom of making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland. Lanterns, carved from gourds, were said to represent supernatural beings or to assist in warding evil spirits off. All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner, so be sure to take advantage of these fun-filled, pumpkin hollowing events!

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Apartment of the Week: Roscoe Village

$3,500 for this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse in Roscoe Village will be available December 1st!! This brand new construction is absolutely stunning!! You’ll find high end finishes in this unit that include beautiful hardwood floors, granite counters, an island kitchen, and stainless steel appliances that include a microwave & dishwasher. The master bath was recently refinished and has a double sink, as well as a jacuzzi tub!! Welcome to your own personal oasis, the perfect place to relax after a hard day at work. This unit has an endless number of features! Some features include a fireplace, in unit laundry, a private deck off the master bedroom, extra storage, central air and a garage parking spot included in rent!! This is a great spot close to numerous bars & restaurants. Nearby you’ll find the Damen bus route, Orange Restaurant Chicago, Volo Restaurant Wine Bar, Victory’s Banner Restaurant, John’s Place, and so many other options along Roscoe St. Hurry and book your showing….. this beauty won’t be around for long.

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  • ID: 48103
  • Available: Dec 01
  • Neighborhood: Roscoe Vill Chicago, IL
  • Bedrooms: 3 Bedroom
  • Condition: New Construct
  • Bathrooms: 2.0
  • Floors: Hardwood
  • Pets: Cats OK/Dogs Neg
  • Heat: GFA
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Garage
  • Dishwasher
  • Roof Deck

Contact Apartment People at 773.248.8800 for more information. Our office is located at 3121 North Broadway and we are available Monday-Sunday. You can view more listings at apartmentpeople.com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Chicago, The City of Hermits…

by Michael Keating

Chicago, The City of Hermits…

Goods and Services We Enjoy at Home

 

If you are looking to be around others, without actually having to engage with said others, Chicago just might be the city of your dreams. Earlier this month, Estately published data that ranked the City of Big Shoulders as Home of the Urban Hermit as well. The study examined not only the work and entertainment habits of city dwellers nationwide, but also their ability to procure necessities without having to venture out, and who can gripe about a gather that requires no hunt?

 Other factors considered include Internet speeds, housing affordability, and the ability to have alcohol delivered to your abode. A number of services can have your selected spirits at your door in an hour. Grubhub delivers your favorite dishes from an ever-expanding list of local restaurants, and companies like instacart will have groceries from your preferred supermarket to you in an hour. For a DYI dinner with ease, consider Madison & Rayne, “high-quality food prepared with fresh local ingredients” delivered to your door with straightforward instructions and tips on cooking.

 Chicago, The City of Hermits

Even finding the right men’s look for the fall can be done at home. Outfitters with Trumaker meet with you, offer customized style advice, and measure you for the best possible fit. Contact Aylah Weinstein at 312-618-6006, one of the most outstanding outfitters in the Chicagoland area, to schedule your next fitting. There’s no reason you can’t dress like a king even if you don’t leave your castle.

 

Need to garner assistance moving appliances, setting up a home theater, or assembling your newest IKEA addition? TaskRabbit connects you to safe and reliable help with projects. If you are in the process of purchasing a new TV, consider this guide to help you determine the optimal size your room needs. This resource from TheWirecutter.com offers excellent, up-to-date information on the best equipment for building your home theater. Once the surround sound system and streaming media player are in place, take some time to enjoy entertainment at home. Netflix is hitting hard with recently released Luke Cage and soon to be released third season of Black Mirror. FX is capturing our attention again with American Horror Story and HBO’s Westworld is said to be the new Game of Thrones.

 Chicago, The City of Hermits

The poet James Russell Lowell elucidates, “The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.” We’re glad the environment is conducive and friendly to pseudo-isolation. Whether you relish the company of others or prefer solitary quarters, Chicago can and wants to accommodate you.

 Chicago, The City of Hermits

Apartment of the Week: West Loop

$3,200 for this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in the West Loop will be available November 1st! This stunning new construction is a must see! There are hardwood floors throughout the kitchen and living room area. The kitchen has beautiful features that include a kitchen island, granite counters and stainless steel appliances that include a microwave and dishwasher. The spacious bedrooms have carpeting throughout. There are a lot extra bonuses with this unit!! This dream home also has a fireplace, balcony, fitness area, extra storage, central air, doorman, and in unit laundry!! Included in rent is heat, basic cable/HBO, cooking gas and garage parking!! The West Loop is a booming area full of boutiques, lofts and restaurants. This unit has a variety of options along Madison St. Here’s just a few places to check out: Butterfly Sushi Bar, Third Rail Tavern, Mad Social, The CrossRoads Bar & Grill, Viaggio Ristorante & Lounge….. and so much more! For transportation, close by is the Madison bus route and the Racine Blue Line Station. Book a showing today and you can see the beautiful views for yourself!

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  • ID: 51618
  • Available: Nov 01
  • Neighborhood: West Loop Chicago, IL
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: New Construct
  • Bathrooms: 2.0
  • Floors: Pergo
  • Pets: No pets
  • Heat: Payblower (included)
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Garage
  • Doorman
  • Dishwasher
  • Blinds
  • Workout Facility

Contact Apartment People at 773.248.8800 for more information. Our office is located at 3121 North Broadway and we are available Monday-Sunday. You can view more listings at apartmentpeople.com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Experience Lincoln Square Chicago

by Christine Hadley

Experience Lincoln Square Chicago

 

Lincoln Square is like a mini Bavaria with its numerous German inspired businesses. The heart of the neighborhood is a picturesque strip down Lincoln Avenue. The area is full of local shops, restaurants, music venue, bars and an old school move theater (currently under renovations).  It’s also conveniently located off the Western Brown Line Station. You get a small town feel from Lincoln Square that’s kind of comforting. Though this may be a quieter neighborhood, it frequently hosts festivals/events such as Mayfest, Square Roots Festival, Apple Fest, German-American Festival, etc. You’ll find a variety of events held at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Spend a day in Lincoln Square and see for yourself what it has to offer.

Experience Lincoln Square

Here’s are a short list of places to check out in Lincoln Square:

Old Town School of Folk Music – A wide variety of classes can be found at the Old Town School of Folk Music. They offer everything from guitar to belly dancing. If you’re worried about costs, Old Town offers financial aid and numerous volunteer opportunities. Don’t want to buy an instrument? No worries, Old Town offers different rental options. The school is also a venue for a variety of concerts & events. Be sure to stop at the Old Town shop for all your music needs.

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The Book Cellar – The Book Cellar is part café and part independent bookstore. The café offers a variety of food, coffee, as well alcoholic beverages. Grab a good book, a glass of wine and curl up on a comfy chair, does it get much better? The Book Cellar also hosts numerous book clubs. For those who are anti pumpkin spice and want to get in the fall spirit, The Book Cellar’s caramel apple cider is one of my favorites!

Experience Lincoln Square - The Book Cellarimage via Christine Hadley

Chicago Brauhaus – To get the full German experience, the Chicago Brauhaus serves a variety of traditional German dishes, wine & beer, as well as music & dancing 6 days a week. The restaurant was also included on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on The Food Network. A beer & brats sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? I guess my German background could make me a little biased.

Experience Lincoln Square - Chicago BrauhausTake a look at this fine, young gentleman…. he seems to be enjoying his boot of beer at the Chicago Brauhaus – image via Christine Hadley

The Davis Theater – This is one of Chicago’s oldest and longest operating movie theaters. You’ll find the Davis on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is currently being renovated and according to their website, should open sometime this fall. The theater welcomes the addition of The Carbon Arc Bar & Board, a full-service bar/restaurant. This is a great place to catch a flick on the big screen and soon enough it’ll be a great place to enjoy food & drinks with friends and/or family.

Experience Lincoln Square - The Davis Theaterimage via Christine Hadley

Gene’s Sausage Shop – Gene’s Sausage Shops is a European market that offers gourmet foods, homemade smoked meats, butcher shop, cheeses, baked goods, fresh produce, imported beer, wine and so on. When there’s good weather, be sure to visit Gene’s Rooftop Bar & Wine Garden! The bar has a simple menu, but the perfect outdoor experience to enjoy a Brat with a cold beer.

Experience Lincoln Square - Gene's Sausage Shopimage via Christine Hadley

Some additional shops to check out: Urban General Store, Sacred Art, A Secret Closet……..

For those of you who didn’t grow up in a big city, Lincoln Square is like a home away from home. There are numerous other great bars, restaurants & shops in the neighborhood, so get out and explore!